This tree native to South America is widely cultivated for its showy and long-lasting violet flowers. It lives in deep, fertile soils with a clay or sandy texture. It grows best near the coast, sheltered from strong sea winds. It is an incredibly ornamental tree because of its beautiful flowering and its resistance to pollution.
Slow growth rate.
Fully exposed to sun or semi-shade.
Sensitive to temperatures below -1°c.
It resists weak dryness.
Humid soil, optimum pH is neutral (6.0 – 7.5), does not tolerate salinity. It grows well in sandy-clay-humic soils.